Murder investigation launched into Worthing baby’s death

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THE death of an 11-month-old baby girl from Worthing is being treated as suspicious by police.

A man remained in custody today (Sunday, May 15) after being arrested on suspicion of murder yesterday (Saturday, May 14).

Paramedics were called to an address in Nursery Lane, Worthing, at 9.56am on Friday (May 13) and resuscitated a baby girl who had stopped breathing.

She was taken to Worthing hospital before being collected by a specialist team from St Thomas’ Hospital in London.

She arrived in London shortly after 4.30pm but died at 3.05pm yesterday.

Shortly after 5pm yesterday, a 26-year-old man from Worthing was arrested on suspicion of murder at St Thomas’ and returned to Sussex for questioning by the Sussex Police Major Crime Branch.

He remained in custody today.

Detective Chief Inspector Trevor Bowles, who is leading the investigation, said: “The post mortem to be carried out by a Home Office pathologist in London on Monday will establish the reason for this little girl’s tragic death.

“At this stage, however, we are sufficiently concerned to make this arrest and my team will strive to ensure that we establish the truth surrounding the circumstances of her death.”

Neither the baby, nor the suspect, have been named by police.